Monday, January 30, 2012

Scavenger Hunt #255

This is 21 items from the current scavenger hunt on Wetcanvas. We are on hunt #255. And here I worried about getting to #100. We've come a long way. I plan to do the other 5 items on the list this week. I have plenty of time as the list was just posted today.

The remainder of the list is:

a portrait with a challenge to do a self-portrait
above your head
Below your feet

Those should be findable.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Another Multi-Item Still Life

I set up another still life with some of my many sketching treasures. I get the urge to do one of these every so often and just have to give in to the urge.

Watercolor, wc pencils, pen and ink, and some Conte white pencil. It's about 8x10 inches on Arches Watercolor paper.

Friday, January 27, 2012

"Ducks in a Row"

Here is my latest painting. It is called "Ducks in a Row". It is watercolor, watercolor pencils, pen and in & Conte white pencil. About 8 1/2 x 11 size. The reference is by Anne Kelly and used with her permission. I overworked the ducks a little but couldn't seem to get them the way I wanted or the color I wanted.

I fell in love with Anne's photo of these little ducks. She had several views of the ducks including some of them walking thru tall grass. I find it so cute and interesting when I see animals all lined up in a row. Or a line of them looking at the camera.

I have finished all my trades until the new one for Feb is posted on Drawspace. Now I can play a little. I have been in a slump for about a week or so but with this painting, hopefully that slump is over.

I cruised thru Google Street Map view and found a few candid photos of people that I would like to paint. Also some sheep and cows (in a row) that I would like to do.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mom's Baked Goods

Some of my cards for the project on Wetcanvas called "From the Past" have arrived. Here is the first one.

"Mom's Baked Goods". My mom used to bake a lot when we were kids. Back then most moms did. I remember coming home from school many times to the smell of baked yeast rolls, or cinnamon buns, or cookies. My husband's mom worked and he never experienced this memory. So after we were married, I made sure if I baked, I did it right before he was due home from work so he could smell them as he came in. The smells of baked goods gives me a feeling of "I'm home".

Saturday, January 14, 2012

3 Weeks and Counting

I still have my cold. Three weeks now. I sure wish it would go visit someone else. I feel pretty good one day and the next I spend in bed sleeping. Today was a sleeping day.

I have been working on my Doors project. I finished the From the Past trade and they were mailed out yesterday. 4 of those included a "Door" card as well. And I now have 4 more door cards finished.

I am having trouble with the Door project. I can't get motivated. Even though I have finished 8 cards, I was not particularly happy with them. I'm not really enjoying the process. I guess I will have to start some other piece of artwork to get my art juices flowing.

I have a photo by Scattykat of some cows that is interesting to me but so far I haven't been moved enough to start it. I still need to start my yearly portrait of my husband. And I need to do a self portrait. But none of those is quite what I need right now. I don't even know what I need right now. I keep looking and hopefully soon I will find what I don't even know I'm looking for. Does that make sense? Maybe not but in my scattered mind it does.

There was a new scavenger hunt list posted today. That I need to get started on. I have found out in the last few hunts that if I start them right away, and do several at once, it works better for me. Before I was waiting till the last couple of days and just getting one done before the end. The last 2 or so hunts I did about half the items. Feels good too. I need to start doing some kind of sketching every day to get back into the habit. One can never have enough practice.

So "cold" go away or find someone Else's back to climb on. I have invested enough time being sick. I need to be ill free. And please don't come again for a very long time.

Monday, January 09, 2012

From my Back Yard

Drawspace's January trade is for "My Back Yard". Here are the cards I did for that trade.

I have finished my "From the Past" cards. Still have to scan and get them mailed. And I am in another trade with Wetcanvas for "Doors". We did a Windows trade some time back.

I haven't started that one yet but hope to soon. I haven't found any "doors" that knock my sox off yet. I have been cruising thru streets on Google Street view but no luck yet.

I still am trying to get rid of my cold. I'm so ready for it to be over. I am still fuzzy headed, blowing, and coughing. I'm only doing whatever has to be done and letting everything else go. It looks like my living room had a dog toy explosion.

I am getting a lot of reading done. I have the Kindle App for my Ipad and can get free Kindle books quite often. I probably have between 100-200 saved. It helps to have plenty to read without having to pay for them. And I am finding some new authors that are really good.

I'm trying to keep my gas/electric bill lower so am staying cold a lot. I also don't like to be all bundled up as I feel too bulky and have trouble accomplishing anything.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Two Weeks

I have had this cold for 2 weeks. I am ready for it to go away. I still feel all fuzzy-headed. Still going thru lots of kleenex. Still coughing and gagging. What a wonderful way to live.

No artwork has been done much. I did the scavenger hunt items in the previous post. I did one "From the Past" card. And I joined yet another trade. This one on Wetcanvas is for "Doors".

We did a "Windows" trade a few months back. So now it is doors. I have cruised thru a few towns on Google Street Map but haven't found anything to really inspired me. Will look again soon.

Also signing up is happening now for the latest Drawspace trade, the January one, with a theme of "In your yard". And these have to be finished in a month. As the month is passing fast like the years these days, i need to get going. But I seem to have the blahs.

I do have an itch in me to do a larger piece. I think something in the landscape line. Not sure why. I do like landscapes but they are not my favorite subject.

It's also time to do another self portrait. I have only done one since my husband passed. I like to do one a year. And I have decided to do one painting or drawing of my husband once a year around the anniversary of his death. That will be coming up soon. Maybe I will do it for his birthday on Feb 2nd.

I'm struggling to get thru a trying time for me during the year. Our Anniversary (Oct 31), Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, his birthday (Feb 2), and then the anniversary of his death (Mar 29). I will be glad with those once again behind me. Then I can breathe again until the next time.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Scavenger Hunt #251

Some hunt items I sketched today while listening to an online sermon.